T-Mobile Snubbed by Apple

Nick Wingfield, The New York Times:

T-Mobile is performing a balancing act in responding to the snub. The carrier is clearly disappointed it doesn’t have the iPhone. Its chief marketing officer, Cole Brodman, wrote a blog post addressed to its customers last month that said “the iPhone is a great device and Apple knows that we’d like to add it to our line-up.” T-Mobile executives say the decision is up to Apple, not the carrier.

But T-Mobile is also gently thumbing its nose at Apple’s star product. It began selling two new smartphones on Wednesday — the HTC Amaze 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II — and its executives say both of them outclass the new iPhone in a couple of different areas.

Sour grapes, methinks.


2 thoughts on “T-Mobile Snubbed by Apple

  1. Honestly I don’t think it’s fair to call them sour grapes. It’s a business – they wanted the iPhone but Apple didn’t approve them so they have to make the next logical business decision to sell other phones.

    I think it is worth exploring why Apple may not have let them sell it: the UMTS 1700 / UMTS 2100 frequency that T-Mobile uses. The iPhone 4 or 4S do not support UMTS 1700 and thus limits 3G to a smaller area and possibly even saturating the network and causing a less than desired overall experience. But either way it seems to me that Apple is the bully saying “you’re not worthy” to T-Mobile

    • Apple has always been like that when it comes to its products, no? If a carrier can’t or won’t support it, then it’s their loss. So if it’s unfair to call ‘sour grapes’ on a carrier, it’s probably just as unfair to call Apple a bully.

      It’s the logical business decision. ;p

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